2011 Building Community Award Winner - Reynolds School District
University Park, Pa. — The Reynolds School District is winner of the seventh annual Building Community through Rural Education Award, sponsored by Penn State’s Center on Rural Education and Communities (CREC) and the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools (PARSS).
The award recognizes a rural school or school district in Pennsylvania that has distinguished itself through innovative practices contributing to the educational experiences for the students it serves, while reaching out to the broader community in which it is located.
Reynolds School District was recognized for multiple efforts linking school and community and building strong educational opportunities, including a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Reynolds School District that was coordinated by over 100 volunteers from the school and community, and linked current students, community members and alumni. The efforts resulted in the creation of the Reynolds High School Academic Hall of Fame and Annual Nomination/Induction Ceremony, the Reynolds High School Athletic Hall of Fame and Annual Nomination/Induction Ceremony, and the creation of the Reynolds High School Alumni Association which now annually contributes three $1,000 Alumni Association Scholarships to Reynolds High School Seniors. Reynolds School District complemented these efforts through the creation of student and parent advisory councils to discuss ways of providing ongoing improvement to education and school environment as well as a student internship program in collaboration with area businesses as a means of providing students with mentorship and professional internship experiences.
Clarion-Limestone Area School District in Clarion County won an Honorable Mention for the creation of their innovative “Amphibian Ark” amphibian research and education facility, a collaborative effort with Clarion University. Bangor Area School District, in Nothampton County also received an Honorable Mention for its dynamic farm to school efforts, including the running of farm stands, gardening and providing families and seniors in need with fresh fruits and vegetables. Each Honorable Mention winner received a plaque and $250.
This year’s award was presented jointly by CREC and PARSS at the PARSS Annual Meeting, April 29 in State College, Pa.